Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni announced on Sunday morning that center Pau Gasol won’t be in the lineup when the Lakers host the Philadelphia 76ers tonight. Gasol will miss the game due to the same upper respiratory infection that has kept him out of two of the Lakers’ previous four games.
The veteran center played in the first 26 games of the 2013 season, averaging 14.7 points and 9.4 rebounds per contest.
D’Antoni, however, said he expects Gasol to play on New Year’s Eve when the Milwaukee Bucks come to town: “He’s feeling a lot better, he feels better. I would think next game he would be ready to go (ESPN).”
In other Los Angeles big-man news, center Chris Kaman, who started in place of Gasol when the Lakers played the Utah Jazz on Friday, was able to take part in the morning shootaround but is still considered a game-time decision for tonight’s contest.
Although the Lakers are currently in the midst of the four-game losing streak, they should be encouraged by the fact they’re hosting a Philadelphia team that has only managed one road win this year.